Thursday, June 10, 2021

Sunfish Rigging and Parts Names

 03 May 21:

Those new to Sunfishing may find the following photos helpful in rigging their Sunfish, with names of the parts.

We start rigging the boat by running the halyard through the top of the mast.

Next we put the base of the mast through the gooseneck (boom ring) with the sail on the port (left) side of the boat. 

One end of the halyard runs through the halyard block (pulley).  The other end is tied to the upper spar.

The halyard is pulled down to raise the sail.

It helps to lift the boom (lower spar) while raising the sail.

The halyard is run around the halyard cleat.

And the looped back under itself to tie off the halyard.

We coil the excess line and tuck it under itself.

The forward end of the sheet, a control line attached to the boom (lower spar) runs through a fairlead, through the swivel cam cleat and then a Figure 8 knot is tied

Some early Sunfish have a simple open fairlead, also called a sheet hook.

The aft end of the sheet clips or tires to the line on the stern (aft end) called a bridle.

This is the rudder used to steer the boat. The long stick is called a tiller.

The straight board is called a daggerboard.

The tiller slides under the bridle.

The rudder attaches by pushing down the pintle and spring, then sliding the pintle into the notches on the gudgeon ( bracket on stern of boat).

The daggerboard goes through the slot in front of the cockpit. It has a line attached to it so that it does not float away after a capsize.

The bow is the front of the boat and we tie a bow line to the handle with a bowline knot.

Your Sunfish is now rigged and ready.

Fair winds!
Skipper and Clark

Tuesday, June 8, 2021


 05 May 21:

I don't remember when it happened (2015?) but ONKAHYE's new trailer was a little wider than the previous trailer. When I pushed the trailer into place using my old parking guide lines, I punched a hole on the drywall with the fender step. The hole was repaired recently, here's an exciting photo of the repair.

We know this is a boring post, but Webb insisted that we update the blog. We are slowly changing homeport from the Gulf to the Mid Atlantic, so sprucing up the old HQ and establishing the new HQ has been taking up a few minutes of our time.

More on the homeport change soon!

Friday, May 7, 2021

Sunfish Utility Trailer

 07 May 21:

We have a 5x10 Carry On utility trailer and were curious if it could carry a Sunfish on a dolly? We know that it can carry Sunfish with the ramp folded down, no dolly, and minimal modification. We used it last year to recover a hurricane damaged Sunfish. Using a utility trailer to carry Sunfish or other boats has appeal because other adventure gear could be carried as well, such as bikes, coolers, chairs, etc...

Ideally we could lower a ramp and roll the dolly and Sunfish up the ramp, which we were able to do with sufficient side to side clearance. But in order to close the ramp, the Sunfish and dolly protrude too far forward.

If we push the dolly back far enough to get clearance from the tow vehicle, the stern sticks out about 2 feet and interferes with ramp closure. 

One idea is to remove that ramp and use 2 Carry On ramps. But then those ramps would need to be stored somewhere. 

Or to make a modified ramp, like a bobtail.

The utility trailer could be further modified to carry more Sunfish, canoe, kayak etc...

Comments appreciated.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

ALCORT INC. Advertising 1960s

30 Apr 21: 

We collect all things Alcort and acquired these 1960s advertising bits recently.

1963. Wooden and fiberglass Sailfish and Sunfish were available, both factory built and in knock down kits.

Our 1963 Super Sailfish MKII (fiberglass) named SWEETNESS. 

1967. Seems the Catfish is part of the lineup now, Alcort's first catamaran. Note how high the rigs are, what we call nowadays "The Geezer Rig."

(L-R) 1953 wooden Alcort Sailfish 14 Deluxe, later called the Super Sailfish and 1963 wooden Alcort Sunfish CHIP. Both were factory built.

Here is our Catfish SMEDLEY, expertly handled by Skipper.

1969. Skipper promises to get me one of those straw hats. AMF appeared on the scene this year and acquired Alcort, and the Catfish disappeared.

1968 Alcort Sunfish ROSE"BUD". She needed some putty and paint.

BUD got spruced up with new deck paint and double double stripes, and a custom sail from Hunter at Schurr Sails Pensacola. Her sister ship is 1981 AMF Sunfish MADISON with another Hunter creation.

Sea Trials for BUD, Skipper trying to splash me.

Flight of two, Skipper is the Section Lead.